Alaska Folk Festival fans find favorites at Juneau libraries

Library features CDs from previous years' AFF guest artists

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2003

Sad that the Alaska Folk Festival is over? Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library, the Juneau Public Library now has CDs from folk festival guest artists from past years. Enjoy!

According to the Alaska Folk Festival website, guest artists participating in the Alaska Folk Festival have been:

• 1977 - Merle Travis - Originator of Travis picking guitar style. Look for "The Best of Merle Travis."

• 1978 - J.P. and Annadeene Fraley - Old-time Kentucky fiddle tunes. We've got "Wild Rose of the Mountains."

• 1979 - Lydia Mendoza - Mexican and Chicano ballads. "First Queen of Tejano Music" is available!

• 1980 - Balfa Brothers - Louisiana Cajun music. Look for "The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music" - volumes one and two are on one CD.

• 1981 - Eric von Schmidt - American folk blues. Look for "Living on the Trail."

• 1982 - Mike Seeger - Traditional Appalachian songs and ballads. Check out "Southern Banjo Sounds."

• 1983 - Jethro Burns - Virtuoso mandolin artist. Listen to "Swing Low, Sweet Mandolin."

• 1987 - Peggy Seeger & Ewan MacColl - English & Scottish folk music. "Classic Scots Ballads" are here!

• 1988 - Savoy-Doucet Band - Traditional Cajun music and dance. "Sam's Big Rooster" is loose!

• 1989 - Mick Moloney Trio - Irish ballads and folklore Here at the library, "Far from the Shamrock Shore."

• 1990 - Ralph Blizard & New Southern Ramblers - Old-time music; take home a "Southern Ramble."

• 1991 - John Cephas & Phil Wiggins - Ambassadors of the blues. "Homemade" just for you!

• 1992 - Josh Graves & Kenny Baker - Masters of bluegrass. "Kenny Baker plays Bill Monroe" and "Josh Graves - Sultan of Slide" are bluegrass masterpieces

• 1994 - Ledward Kaapana Trio - Hawaiian slack-key guitar. Take a listen to "Kika Kila Meets Ki Ho'alu" by Ledward Kaapana and Bob Brozman

• 1995 - Ginny Hawker, Kay Justice, Tracy Schwarz & Mac Traynham - Southern Appalachian singing. Two great albums: "Bristol: A Tribute to the Music of the Original Carter Family" and "Good Songs for Hard Times."

• 1996 - Brave Old World - Traditional and contemporary Klezmer. "Klezmer Music" to get you dancing!

• 1997 - Kurt Sutphin, Kinney & Doug Rorrer - North Carolina Piedmont old-time music. "Old Roots, New Branches" by Kurt, and "Tradition" by Doug and his son.

• 1999 - Suzanne Thomas, Don Rigsby, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines and Bill Evans - bluegrass. "Dear Friends & Gentle Hearts" by Suzanne Thomas, "Two" by Missy Raines and Jim Hurst, "Native and Fine" by Bill Evans, and "A Vision" by Don Rigsby.

• 2000 - Charivari - Cajun dance music. Put on your dancing shoes - "I Want to Dance With You."

• 2001 - Tom, Brad and Alice - Old-time music from Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich and Alice Gerrard. "Say, Old Man" by Brad Leftwich with Linda Higginbotham, and "Hazel and Alice" by Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens.

• 2002 - Frankie Gavin and Brian McGrath - Traditional Irish instrumentals on fiddle, flute, banjo and piano. "Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn" are playing just for you!

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our Web site ( and looking at our catalog. The "In the Stacks" column is now archived! Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for "In the Stacks."

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